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April 9 Webinar Wednesday: 'Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: 21st Century Management' by ProgenyHealth
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Join Dr. Jerry Lee and Dr. Michael Musci of MHPA partner ProgenyHealth in a discussion about the rising incidence of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome and newer approaches for management. Through this webinar, health plans will gain a better understanding of the current state of NAS, including the rampant increase in prescription opiate use, implications of maternal treatment on the neonate, newer protocols for medical treatment of the infant and how a comprehensive case management approach can lower the length of the infant's hospital stay and improve outcomes.
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CMS data: Medicaid, CHIP enrollment grows by more than 3 million
The Washington Post
More than 3 million Americans have enrolled in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program since October, according to recently released data, providing the first enrollment snapshot of the government-run programs for low-income people since the health insurance marketplaces opened.
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Avalere study: States see big disparities in Obamacare Medicaid signups
The Washington Times
Just 10 states accounted for more than 80 percent of the 3 million new Medicaid enrollees who have signed up through Obamacare this year, according to a private analysis, which reported that Florida was the only state to enroll more than 100,000 residents without expanding the federal-state entitlement under the new law.
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Obama administration urges states to embrace Medicaid expansion
The Hill
VideoBriefThe Obama administration is urging states to embrace Obamacare's expansion of Medicaid by pointing to a rise in enrollments since the law's insurance marketplaces launched last fall. In the first release of its kind, federal health officials announced that at least 3 million additional people signed up for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program in February compared with September, before the exchanges began.
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MHPA submits final comment letter to CMS on the Compliance Certification proposed rule
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MHPA submitted a final comment letter to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner regarding the Compliance Certification proposed rule (CMS-0037-P: Administrative Simplification: Certification of Compliance for Health Plans).
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A Medicaid asset limit change sought by some Missouri Republicans
The Associated Press via Southeast Missourian
Some Republicans from the state of Missouri have remained opposed to expanding Medicaid to many adults by tapping into billions of federal dollars available under President Barack Obama's healthcare law. Support, however, has been quietly growing among some of those same Republicans for a mini Medicaid expansion.
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Kit bond works Missouri Capitol's halls on Medicaid expansion
St. Louis Post Dispatch and Kaiser Health News
Christopher "Kit" Bond is back. The two-term governor has been walking the Missouri Capitol's hallways and meeting with legislators, some of whom weren't born when he first came to Jefferson City, Mo., as state auditor in 1970. Bond's Columbia, Mo.-based consulting firm, Kit Bond Strategies, was hired in January by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce & Industry to lobby for legislation that would expand Medicaid to about 300,000 low-income adults.
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Michigan enrolls nearly 27,000 in expanded Medicaid program in 1st 6 days
MLive
Michigan has received more than 46,000 applications for the state's expanded Medicaid program in less than a week. As of midnight on April 7, the state had received 46,091 applications and enrolled 26,906 people in the Healthy Michigan plan since it launched April 1, according to the Michigan Department of Community Health.
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Virginia Senate to vote on Medicaid expansion
The Roanoke Times
The Senate will vote on Virginia state budget proposal that includes a private-option Medicaid expansion plan that already has been rejected by the House of Delegates, and there are no signs that the legislative stalemate will end soon.
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Medicaid expansion: A tale of 2 southern states
Georgia Health News
For the first time ever in Georgia, some adults will be eligible for Medicaid if the state expanded the program as authorized by the federal Affordable Care Act. The ACA originally made Medicaid expansion virtually mandatory for states. But the U.S. Supreme Court, while upholding the ACA in general, ruled that expansion must be optional. That made things complicated, because some other provisions of the law presupposed that Medicaid would be expanded. Now the issue of expansion is being hashed out in the individual states.
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Expanded Obamacare Medicaid backlog means financial bind in New Jersey
The Star-Ledger
By all accounts, enrollment in the expanded Medicaid program has gone well in New Jersey. The numbers are robust as the program's expansion under the Affordable Care Act allows single residents and childless couples to get coverage provided their income is low enough. But getting an actual ID card that allows someone to see a doctor? The flood of applicants appears to have resulted in a systemwide backlog, according to applicants and field workers.
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Medicaid beneficiaries who need home and community-based services: Supporting independent living and community integration
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
Medicaid is an important source of health insurance for seniors and people with disabilities. In addition to covering a variety of medical care, such as doctor visits, behavioral health services and prescription drugs, Medicaid also is the primary payer for long-term services and supports, including nursing facility care and home and community-based services.
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Kaiser: Costs to public of $84,000 hepatitis C drug 'outrageous'
Reuters
Kaiser Permanente, the biggest U.S. health maintenance organization, said it is using Gilead Sciences' new hepatitis C drug, Sovaldi, even though its $84,000 treatment price is "outrageous." The medication is widely viewed as a breakthrough that can cure a majority of hepatitis C patients, often within 12 weeks. Analysts project 2017 sales of $9.1 billion, according to Thomson Reuters Pharma.

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Michigan, Wisconsin highlight divide on Medicaid expansion
The Washington Post
While the healthcare world was fixated on the end of Obamacare open enrollment, April 1 also marked the beginning of a new Medicaid era for two neighboring states that took very different approaches to the law's expansion of coverage for low-income individuals.

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What happens next on the health law?
USA Today and Kaiser Health News
Just because open enrollment for people who buy their own health insurance formally closed March 31 doesn't mean debate over the health law will take a hiatus. After more than four years of strident rhetoric, evidence about how the law is actually working is starting to trickle in. Here are seven things to watch before the next enrollment period begins in November.

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Sponsorship opportunities now available for mhpa2014
MHPA
"Making It Personal: Focusing on the Enrollee in the Tangled Era of Health Reform," MHPA's 2014 conference on Oct. 26-28 at the new Marriott Marquis/Walter E. Washington Convention Center in downtown Washington, D.C., will put the spotlight back on the Medicaid beneficiary. Agenda, registration and hotel information will be available soon. In the meantime, visit our sponsor page for mhpa2014 sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities.
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April 16 Webinar Wednesday: 'ACA State Medicaid Expansion: Approaches to Alternative Expansion Models' by Deloitte Consulting
Deloitte Consulting
This webinar discussion will highlight the approaches states are taking to Medicaid expansion and evaluate the challenges and opportunities these models provide to health plans as they attempt to navigate the complex and uncertain road ahead.
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May 7 Webinar Wednesday: 'Emerging Regulatory Issues and Risk Exposures Impacting Medicaid Managed Care Plans' by Deloitte
Deloitte Consulting
As Medicaid coverage expands under the ACA, states — along with Medicaid health plans — are faced with the challenges of enrolling newly eligible beneficiaries through Health Insurance Exchanges, providing coverage to these individuals and coordinating delivery of care and benefits with other entities. The ACA has set forth regulatory guidelines for expansion which Medicaid health plans must follow.

As plans navigate this regulatory landscape, failure to comply with such regulations may have financial ramifications in addition to federal fines. This webinar will explore the emerging regulatory environment of Medicaid managed care plans and implications as they comply with state and federal compliance, security and privacy regulations.

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Recent webinar presentations from MTM (4/2), Deloitte (3/19), Avalere (3/5) and others available free on MHPA website
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View PDFs or listen to audio for the following webinars: Additional webinars can be viewed here.
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MHPA launches health insurance tax website MedicaidTaxHurts.org
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Visit MedicaidTaxHurts.org for everything you need to know about the health insurance tax, including its effect on the Medicaid program and how it hits individual states.
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MHPA CEO Jeff Myers to speak at Medicaid Managed Care Congress 2014,
scheduled May 19-21 in Baltimore

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The Medicaid Managed Care Congress is where government officials, health plan executives and other key players of the healthcare ecosystem come together to learn from one another. Not only will you have exclusive access to industry leaders who will guide you through the 2014 healthcare evolution, you will also have unique networking opportunities to learn from case studies that will drive your business strategy forward.

Highlights include: CMS Keynote speakers, ABC News Chief White House Correspondent, Jeff Myers, MHPA's president and CEO, Jonathan Karl, 18+ health plan case studies from MajestaCare, Molina Healthcare, Cigna-Health Spring and more, eight intimate round table discussions with government officials and 12 never-before-heard presentations across three unique tracks.

Save 20 percent with your MHPA code: XP1926MHPA. Visit here to register today!

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